by Mary Levtzow
On a fantastic fall Friday, Nov. 6, the entire Holly Lane community in Westlake – children, parents, grandparents, and staff – gathered at 1 p.m. to present their spirit driven “Thank You Veterans” Assembly for its 27th year. Principal Mimi Verdone, warmly welcomed all, especially the honored Veteran Guests, to the 2015 Holly Lane “Thank You Veterans” Assembly and Reception.
In silence, the Westshore Chapter 249 Vietnam Veteran Color Guard reverently Presented the Colors. The standing Assembly joined Mrs. Verdone in saying “The Pledge of Allegiance.” Marine Corps Veteran Mr. Chris Martin sang the Star Spangled Banner.
Following the introductions of honored guests, the Third Grade presented their song The Brave directed by music teacher Mrs. Alison Gregory. Principal Verdone recognized the dedicated work of the Scouting Programs by Holly Lane students. Second Grade students presented a medley of Military Anthems as Veterans stood up to honor their respective Branch of Service. The Veteran Carnation Presentation commenced with the Boy and Girl Scouts giving Carnations with attached colored Thank You Flag Hearts to Veterans throughout the assembly.
Mrs. Gregory led students and audience members in the singing of “God Bless America.” During the Special Assembly, Mrs. Verdone shared her family’s military involvement as she thanked students, staff, parents, and visitors for their support of the Holly Lane Community in honoring Veterans for their selfless service to protect the freedoms that are so near and dear to all Americans. After the closing comments and thanks by Principal Verdone, the First Grade Musical Presentation God Bless the U.S.A. with dynamic artwork created under teachers Mrs. Lisa Forshey, Mrs. Sarah Gorius, and Mrs. Gregory. A Vietnam Veteran Color Guard Retired the Colors to close the assembly. A wonderful Holly Lane PTA sponsored Veteran Recognition Reception in the cafeteria continued this Patriotic Celebration. May God Bless All Veterans for their superior and dedicated efforts to keep America free.